Daily Beans

I’m hoping to increase my fiber intake. Not only does roughage help things run more smoothly (ahem), studies show it aids in weight loss. So, I am thinking of ways to get more of it in my diet. Beans come to mind as one way. This would be doable if I knew how to make more than Baked Beans (open can, pour into pan, heat…), a dish that isn’t that nutritious after I doctor them up. What is your favorite way to eat beans that is somewhat healthy? I’d like to have enough variety to have them every day for lunch.
You don’t have to post a whole recipe; I’m just looking for ideas. Unless you are Jenny- I lost that recipe for southwestern rice and would love to have it for this.

6 Replies to “Daily Beans”

  1. I’ve got three recipes we use weekly over here. One we call Mexican Rice (rice, black beans, corn & chicken). The other two are like Mexican lasagnas. One uses refried beans, chicken & salsa – Keith says it tastes like chicken enchiladas. The other uses ground beef, lots of kidney beans, & diced tomatoes with chilies. Both are layered with tortillas cut in half. Let me know if you’re interested in any of them & I’ll send them your way.

  2. I always use lots of beans with chili and chicken tortilla soup. Whenever it calls for one kind of bean, I use 2 or 3 kinds. Kidney, black, pinto, etc. I also like beans on salad. Usually when we have tacos (soft or hard shell) I had beans in with the meat, sometimes pinto, sometimes refried.

  3. If chick peas (garbonzo beans) count, hummus is easy! I need to find a really good recipe, but I just mash or puree them with raw garlic and olive oil and whatever seasonings I want at the time. It is great for dipping carrots, celery sticks etc or spreading on crackers. You could make a sandwich out of it by adding cucumbers or other crunchies to make it more fun to eat. I tend to like beans in soups, and that is a great way to have a premade (or crock pit) lunch. Just add beans to your favorite soup base instead of meat. I really love split pea soup (with just the peas and seasonings alone!) and lentils, but I am not sure if the peas count as beans. :> They are so easy to make right from the bag, and you can add whatever veggies you want as long and use whatever seasonings you like. Lentils and Rice has recipes I want to try.

  4. I really like black beans on a salad with corn, tomatoes etc… you can save calories by using salsa as a dressing.

    A favorite weight watcher’s recipe is a simple bean burrito. Chili beans and a tortilla with low fat cheese. Just zap it in the microwave. I like to add onions too.

    Here is the requested recipe!
    Mexican Rice Salad

    2 cups rice
    3teaspoons salt
    2 cans kidney beans, drained
    1 can corn niblets
    2-3 stalks green onion (chopped)
    2/3 cup corn oil
    1/4 cup lime juice
    2 TBS cider vinegar
    3-4 pickled jalepeno peppers (dpends how spicy you want it)
    2 tsp chili powder
    1tsp cumin

    Cook rice according to directions with 2 tsp salt. Combine rice, beans, corn and onion in a big bowl. In a blender or food processor, mix the dressing: oil, lime, peppers, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin and 1tsp salt. Blend until smooth. Pour dressing over and toss.
    makes 16 servings.

    This can be served at room temp or cold or hot- however you want. We like to dip chips in it. You could melt cheese on it and eat it for lunch. I also just use whatever oil or beans I have. I like black beans a lot.

    Enjoy!
    Jenny

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